Should I Get My Tubes Tied?

Should I Get My Tubes Tied? If you know you’re definitely done having babies, or you aren’t interested in having any in the first place, never having to think about birth control again can give you a sense of freedom. That’s why bilateral tubal ligation, also known as “getting your tubes tied,” is the most […]

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Can U.S. Health-Care System Afford New, Improved Cholesterol Drugs?

Can Health System Afford New Cholesterol Drugs? By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new class of powerful cholesterol drugs is poised to hit the market, and doctors are both hopeful about their potential, and worried that insurers won’t pay for them. The drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, can […]

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Trans Fats From Foods May Worsen Memory, Study Finds

Trans Fats From Foods May Worsen Memory By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Trans fats may play havoc with your memory along with your cholesterol levels, a new study suggests. Younger men who ate high levels of trans fats performed more poorly on a memory test involving word recall […]

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Study Questions Value of Arthroscopic Knee Surgery for Older Patients

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery and Older Patients By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Arthroscopic surgery to relieve chronic knee pain in middle-aged and older patients is only temporarily effective and might be harmful, a new analysis suggests. Researchers who reviewed 18 studies recommended against the procedure as a treatment for […]

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The Doctor Who Does Your Colonoscopy Matters

The Doctor Who Does Your Colonoscopy Matters By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The doctor performing your colonoscopy makes a difference in whether you’ll develop colon cancer or die from it, a new study finds. Colonoscopy saves lives, and “high quality” colonoscopies save even more, the study authors said. […]

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FDA: Farewell to Trans Fats

June 16, 2015 — A number of popular foods are about to lighten up. The FDA is all but banning the use of partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of artery-clogging artificial trans fats, in processed food. Food makers will have 3 years to remove partially hydrogenated oils from products, the agency says in a […]

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Dieters May Lose Fewer Pounds When They Do This

MONDAY, June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Choosing which diet you like best may not mean you’ll lose more weight. In fact, picking a weight-loss plan based on your food preferences might backfire and lead to less weight loss, new research suggests. After comparing two groups, one in which dieters could choose one of two […]

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Smoking Blamed for Half of Deaths From Major Cancers in People Over 35

Smoking and Major Cancer Deaths in Those Over 35 By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — About half of U.S. deaths caused by certain cancers — including lung, colon and pancreatic tumors — can be attributed to smoking, a new American Cancer Society study estimates. In 2011, nearly half of […]

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Is The Uninsured Rate The Lowest Ever?

Almost no one disputes that the implementation of the federal health law has helped Americans who were previously uninsured gain coverage. But exactly how much has the uninsured rate dropped? A whole lot, says President Barack Obama. “Nearly one in three uninsured Americans have already been covered — more than 16 million people -– driving […]

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Could ADHD Drug Find New Role in Menopause?

Could ADHD Drug Find New Role in Menopause? By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A drug marketed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder might improve memory and concentration problems associated with menopause, a new, small study suggests. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), a stimulant, is usually prescribed to children and adults with ADHD. […]

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